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EDUCATION-PUBLIC UNIONS=DISASTER

 

In some states we are finally watching public unions being challenged by new republican majorities. These unions are one of the primary reasons, America is going bankrupt. Unions have used massive spending to get democrat majorities elected for too many years. After the elections the democrats paid the unions back with the power to force union wages and collective bargaining for government union employees. Last November the people were tired of this tax payer abuse and said enough is enough.

Republican efforts, in some states, will create positive change. Someone has to correct the unfair balance that exists with the salaries, benefits and pensions of public employees versus the private sector. Hopefully this has awakened all Americans. I pray that we see all public unions disbanded and that private sector unions will see a massive wave of resignations of its duped members. I have reviewed the 18 largest American unions for net worth, salaries and benefits for the officers. Union members would throw up if they see the facts. I will post this later. Creating right-to-work laws in every state would save enough to retire the national debt a lot faster.

Now let me show you a reverse situation in my home state, Texas. Texas has been under republican majority for several years. We have no state income tax and Texas is a right-to-work state. We now have a republican super majority in the legislature that prevents democrats fleeing to shut down the legislative process. For those who do not know, Texas democrats invented the use of a “labor strike” by legislators when they fled to Oklahoma and New Mexico ten years ago.

As I related in the posting yesterday, our republican controlled Texas legislature will apparently use major cuts in education to meet their budget projections. This is being done without evaluating performance-costs relationships.

 I just learned that the elementary school my youngest grand-daughter attends in Humble, Texas will lose 13 teachers next year. That’s a 20%+ cut being enacted by the Texas legislature. Remember my term “Learning Curve of Survival” posted yesterday.

It is no wonder that Texas teachers are gathering together statewide to construct a battle plan. Our Texas legislator’s action will obviously increase the population of the teacher unions. I am certain that the National Education Association, NEA, net worth of $216,000,000.00 will have a significant increase. When the voters of Texas digest this debacle, you can bet the republican super majority will disappear in 2012. This is a self inflicted wound.

So we have some states actually addressing the reasons they face financial failure and fixing the cause, union abuse. In Texas we have the direct opposite because the lazy legislature will not take the time to find the real causes of budget negatives and there are no unions to blame. If they really desired to discover why Texas has budget problems, they would look in a mirror and resign. Republicans have not or never will learn how to maintain the majority status from the Court house to the White house. America has been without true leadership for over two decades.

Tomorrow you will find ways that everyone can help our least the ones who want to.

WISCONSIN-HAS MADE ALL TEACHERS FUTURE ENDANGERED

 

Every teacher in America can thank the Milwaukee school district greed for driving the nail in the coffin for most teachers nationwide. The slaughter of good teachers is well underway here in Texas. Wisconsin should not get all of the credit as California, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, New York, Illinois and others were just as guilty of sticking it to the taxpayer. Unfortunately Milwaukee greed in particular, got in the crosshairs between a new Governor and democratic legislature that captured the headlines and put a well deserved bulls-eye on the teachers and the unions. What has happened in Wisconsin will reshape the future for every school district in America. Fortunately many do actually deserve to be penalized; sadly the ones who have been managed professionally will suffer more.

I like to refer to this as the “Learning Curve Law of Survival”. This law was invented by some government bureaucrat a long time ago. In 1954 I entered management at the ripe old age of 24. To survive working on government contracts I quickly learned that when the government has to reduce costs it never included common sense. The slashing will be an across the board percentage removed from your budget. If you managed your function frugally, you will suffer more than the ones who padded the books. What you make sure of before the next budget axe falls is to prostitute yourself with some cushion. Our U.S. government invented this “Law” and they practice it at every level with precise perfection.

When the smoke clears after the ensuing blood bath to end the union’s destruction of education, the ones who have unionized will suffer as they should. Unfortunately the ones who have been honest will suffer beyond reason.

Let me share some “Facts” from the Milwaukee schools. The average public school employee receives 74.2 cents in benefits for each $1 of their base pay. This is three times the benefits of the average private sector worker. The same ratio probably exists for most teachers in states that have right-to-work systems.

In Wisconsin educators also participate in Social Security. This is not true in all states. In Wisconsin there is also a state pension plan that requires 6.8% of wages being provided by the employer and 6.2% by the employee. Except in Milwaukee the public pays the teachers share also. Milwaukee teachers also enjoy another supplemental pension which the district pays 4.2% of their salaries and the teacher pays zilch. The district also pays 100% of the costs for medical and vision benefits and over 50% of cost for dental insurance. If you forgot my earlier posting, the teachers union in Wisconsin owns the insurance company with near iron clad guarantee of renewal. One other “Milwaukee Perk” is the taxpayer pays 100% for retired public employees.

As I posted earlier there are 98,000 members of the National Education Association (NEA) in Wisconsin. The NEA has 3.2 million members to fund its operations. They have 31 employees that earn over $200,000.00 a year. Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president, receives $397,721in salary and benefits. Guess who gets 98% of the NEA political donations? They currently have $216,000,000.00 in assets.

Unfortunately for the teachers in Texas, the legislature is in process of a budget crisis faced in all but four states. Preliminary information is that they are going to slash education funding over 20% next year. They are not as dumb as a rock as many would believe. They know that the brouhaha in Wisconsin about giving teachers outlandish benefits will provide them with media support and excuses for letting education take the brunt of budget cuts. I am currently in the process of gathering facts for Texas budget cuts. I plan to challenge the legislative wisdom of practicing the “The Learning Curve Law of Survival” if they actually pass any across the board cuts.

The really sad situation, for the entire United States, will be that the real loser will be the children. For some reason they have been omitted from all the media and political attention.

C Brewer

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